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The 92nd RSGB AGM will be held at Jurys Inn, 24 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ on Saturday the 27th of April, commencing at 12 noon. Details for the 2019 AGM appeared in the April RadCom. Arrangements have been made for Members who are unable to attend the AGM to cast their votes by proxy. […]

The IARU represented in Turkey

The IARU was represented in Turkey, where committee SE24 on Short Range Devices met to undertake further work concerning Wireless Power Transmission, or WPT. SE24 is considering both WPT for electric vehicles and also generic WPT applications. The IARU has made extensive input on the potential impact on radio communications from spurious emissions from WPT […]

GB2RS Manager Ken Hatton, G3VBA, SK

Sad news next. Ken Hatton, G3VBA, the GB2RS Manager, became silent key at the end of last week. He was appointed as GB2RS Manager on 1 January 2014, taking over from Gordon Adams, G3LEQ. Ken will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

ML&S sponsors Radio Caroline

Over the Easter Weekend of 18 to 21 April 2019, Martin Lynch of ML&S is sponsoring broadcasts transmitted from Radio Caroline in memory of his old employee Graeme Platts, G4XOF, who passed away last November due to cancer. One of Graeme’s last ‘bucket list’ visits was to the ship itself arranged by Martin. The history […]

Artistic SSTV from Iceland ***Updated***

Until 29 April 2019, as part of an art installation in Iceland by Lucy Helton, KD2MFV, SSTV images will be transmitted by TF3JA. The images, appropriated from the Reykjavik Museum of Photography’s collection, are of Icelandic glaciers photographed many years ago. Amateur radio operators who receive these transmissions are being asked to print out the […]

ElectroJumble at TNMOC

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park will be holding its first-ever ElectroJumble on Sunday, 21 April 2019. Over the years they have accumulated many pieces of electronic apparatus and components that are surplus to requirements. Items for sale include test equipment, military items, domestic radios, telecommunication equipment and vintage components. More details […]

New Syllabus tutorial slides available

The RSGB has released SDR and digital model tutorial slides (3.2MB Microsoft PowerPoint presentation) to assist tutors prepare for the new 2019 syllabus, which is expected to be used for amateur radio exams from September. The slides were first presented to tutors at the SDR and Digital Syllabus Matters meeting, held on 17 March 2019.

Work GB2DAY at Bletchley Park

GB2DAY is a special event station to celebrate and promote the opening of the Teleprinter Building at Bletchley Park, which houses a fantastic D-Day exhibition entitled Interception/Intelligence/Invasion. The new exhibition is open from Wednesday, 11 April 2019 as part of the general admission to Bletchley Park museum, located near Milton Keynes. Operating from the RSGB’s […]

New videos from the RSGB

Two new videos are now available on the RSGB YouTube channel. They are Improving Your Morse Code Skills by Ray Burlingame-Goff, G4FON and FT8 Performance Secrets by Neil Smith, G4DBN.

Special Contest Call NoV updates

In consultation with Ofcom, the RSGB has reviewed the Special Contest Calls (SCC) Notice of Variation (NoV). We are pleased to announce the following updates: • We have extended the validity of SCC NoV granted since 1 January 2019 from three to five years • Contest entries up to five years old may now be […]

Join Cricket World Cup Marathon

The RSGB is hosting an international amateur radio marathon event on the HF bands to celebrate this year’s Cricket World Cup, which is being held in England and Wales. The marathon will run from the 30 May 2019 to the 14 July 2019. The RSGB Contest Club is looking for more volunteers to help co-ordinate […]

5MHz Newsreader wanted

A vacancy has arisen for a GB2RS newsreader on the 5MHz team. Transmissions are on a rota basis, each Sunday afternoon at 1500 UTC, on 5398.5kHz USB. If you are interested, please contact the RSGB GB2RS News Service Manager, Ken Hatton, G3VBA, via email to gb2rs.manager@rsgb.org.uk. Note that a Full licence is required for 5MHz […]

Storm delays Bouvet Island DXpedition

The much-anticipated 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition has run into difficulties before having a chance to approach the island. Winds as high as 170km/h, that’s 105 mph, caused damage to their ship, the MV Atlantic Tuna, which is now heading back to Cape Town for assessment and repairs. The team is stressing that this setback represents […]

Want to shape the direction of the RSGB?

We are currently looking to a recruit a new Director to the RSGB Board. Could this role be for you? From the four vacancies we sought to fill at the 2019 AGM, two candidates have been re-elected unopposed, and a third is being offered for endorsement at the AGM. This leaves one nominated Board Director […]

RadCom April 2019, Vol. 95, No. 3

Kenwood TS-890S – Kenwood’s latest HF+ radio, modelled on the TS-990S To read this edition, tap or click cover image News and Reports Around Your Region – Club events calendar 88 Around Your Region – Events roundup 92 New products 16 News 14 Obituary – Joan Heathershaw, G4CHH 50 Obituary – Jim Stevenson, G0EJQ 95 […]

NRC radio room closed to visitors on Sat 30th

On Saturday 30 March, GB3RS and the radio room at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will be not be available to visiting radio amateurs. This is because they will be in use for training and practical assessment purposes as part of an Arkwright Academy Foundation License event. Whilst GB3RS will still be operational, it […]

AGM 2019 – every vote counts!

RSGB Members are reminded that every vote counts in the online polls ahead of AGM 2019. Members will find the Resolutions and other details in the April issue of RadCom and on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/agm2019. The AGM takes place on 27 April 2019 in Birmingham.

Bouvet Island DXpedition now en route

The much-anticipated 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition is presently at sea en route to its destination. They set sail from Cape Town 19 March 2019 on board the MV Atlantic Tuna. All being well, the team expects to land at the remote Antarctic island around Tuesday, 26 March 2019 and hopes to be on the air […]

Australians set new microwave records

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) reports that new records have been set on the 47GHz and 122GHz bands. Operating 47GHz mobile, David, VK5KK and Wayne, VK5APN set a new record of 20.8km on 11 March 2019. At 122GHz, Matt, VK2DAG and David, VK2JDS set a new VK2 state record of 100m. Although this is […]

Smithsonian Institution call sign revived

Historic American call sign NN3SI is being reactivated under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution Amateur Radio Group. Although presently lacking a permanent station location and unable yet to support guest operation, the group’s president, John Weise, N4NPG, told ARRL. “This this is the start to Amateur Radio slowly coming back at the Smithsonian. We […]

Syllabus 2019 – SDR presentation to tutors

On 17 March, a Syllabus 2019 presentation on Software Defined Radio for tutors took place at Jury’s Inn, East Midlands Airport. Over 50 tutors, representing clubs from all over the country, attended the meeting and saw presentations by Alan Betts, G0HIQ and Mike Bruce, M0ITI on the essential learning and tutorial slides for Software Defined Radio. […]

DR wanted in East Sussex

Keith Bird, G4JED, Regional Representative for Region 10, is looking to recruit a volunteer for the post of District Representative for the East Sussex area. The prime duties in this annual and renewable post will be to liaise with the clubs and individuals in that area. There are opportunities to assist others and develop your […]

Train the Trainers in Cambridgeshire

There is a Train the Trainers course being organised and hosted by Huntingdon Amateur Radio Society for 30 March 2019 in Buckden, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. For more information or to reserve a place, contact the organiser, David Howlett, via email to secretary@hunts-hams.co.uk.

RSGB AGM online voting is open

Voting is open for the RSGB 2019 AGM that takes place on 27 April 2019 in Birmingham. Members will find the Resolutions and other details in the April issue of RadCom and at rsgb.org/agm2019.

Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, SK

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that the Reverend George Dobbs, G3RJV, founder of the GQRP Club passed away in the early hours of Monday, 11 March 2019. George had been unwell for some time but he had been living quite comfortably in a care home. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated […]

Amateur Radio Development Leader

The RSGB is looking to recruit to a voluntary leadership position in the newly-formed Amateur Radio Development Committee (ARDC). The post holder will play a key role in contributing towards meeting strategic priorities under Strategy 2022, especially Growth, Participation and Diversity. As well as leading on existing elements within the committee, the Chair will develop […]

Contact Cadets on 60m

Next weekend, 16 and 17 March 2019, Army, Navy and Air cadet units in the UK will be carrying out Exercise Blue Ham 19. Operating on the 5MHz shared band, the expected period of operation will be from 8am to 5pm both days. QSO exchange details can be found at alphacharlie.org.uk/exercise-blue-ham. Amateur operators may claim […]

DXCC Most Wanted list updated

The DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated on Club Log. It contains 340 entities. The top five most wanted are P5 North Korea, 3Y/B Bouvet Island, FT5/W Crozet Island, BS7H Scarborough Reef and CE0X San Felix Islands. Scarborough Reef and San Felix Islands switched places in the fourth to fifth position.

Amateur Radio Development Committee Chair Vacancy

We are looking to recruit to a voluntary leadership position in the newly-formed Amateur Radio Development Committee. The Board has decided to split the Training and Education Committee (TEC) into two new committees, one will be the Amateur Radio Development Committee and the other will be focused on Examinations. The Amateur Radio Development Committee will, in […]

Commonwealth Contest next weekend

The Commonwealth Contest, RSGB’s longest-running contest, takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of 9 and 10 March 2019. As mentioned in Propagation News, you should not expect much propagation on the upper HF bands, but some hardy travellers will undoubtedly activate countries that don’t appear on the air every day, so make the […]

Suggest talks for RSGB 2019 Convention

Planning has begun for the RSGB 2019 Convention, which will take place from Friday, the 11th, to Sunday, 13 October 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. The organising committee would like to encourage suggestions for this year’s lectures. Please email convention@rsgb.org.uk, in particular, if you are able to suggest a […]

New 2018 Convention videos now online

Two new videos of 2018 RSGB Convention lectures are now on the RSGB website. Sam Jewell, G4DDK speaks about the Iceni, a high performance 70cm transverter for the constructor, and James Patterson, M1DST gives an introduction to 3D printing for the radio amateur. Go to rsgb.org/videos to watch these two very interesting talks—and many others […]

Ham radio artwork returns to Tate Gallery

The artwork Ten Minute Transmission, featuring the Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver and the International Space Station is again on display at the Tate Gallery in London. Made of wire and attached to the TS-2000, this sculpture receives radio signals from the ISS and transmits them into the gallery space. The title of this work, Ten Minute […]

RadCom March 2019, Vol. 95, No. 3

IC-9700 launched at NRC—Icom UK chooses RSGB National Radio Centre to reveal 2m, 70cm and 23cm groundbreaker To read this edition, tap or click cover image News and Reports Around Your Region – Club events calendar 85 Around Your Region – Events roundup 89 New products 14 News 12 RSGB Matters 6 The 2018 RSGB […]

IARU active at WRC-19 preparation

The ITU Conference Preparation Meeting for WRC-19 has been running this week and will continue into next week. Taking place in Geneva, the IARU has been present for agenda items on 50MHz, wireless power and other matters of importance to amateur radio.

Still time to enter Club of the Year

There is still time to put in an entry for the RSGB Club of the Year competition. Entries are welcome from all RSGB affiliated groups, and there is just one size category this year so the size of your club doesn’t matter. The theme is Meeting RSGB Strategy 2022. Entries must be received by 28 […]

Could you be RSGB Company Secretary?

The RSGB is looking to recruit an RSGB Member to the voluntary position of Company Secretary. The position plays a key role in the Society’s governance and provides vital support in the running of Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). For full information on the role, please go to rsgb.org/volunteers. If you feel […]

Online RadCom software upgrade

The RSGB has changed the way it hosts the online version of RadCom. This now uses HTML5 to display the pages and no longer requires Flash to be installed. The pages will also load faster. All this year’s editions are now available to Members in the new format at rsgb.org/radcom and we will be converting […]